The Pleasure of Poetry: Reading and Enjoying British Poetry from Donne to Burns
The poetry produced by the British poets of the 17th and 18th centuries is considered to be among the best ever written. But many general readers feel intimidated by the language or structure of the poetry, and so tend to shy away from enjoying these poets and their works. Nelson takes readers on a tour of the major works and figures of 17th- and 18th-century British poetry, explaining major themes, devices, styles, language, rhythm, sound, tone, imagery, form, and meaning. Beginning each chapter with a sketch of the poet's life and career, the author then looks at five or six representative works, helping readers understand and appreciate the beauty of poetry itself.
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... passage from his " Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift " ( 1739 ) . Here he imagines some of his friends talking just at the point of his passing away ( he had been dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin for many years ) : Behold the ...
... passage from Marvell . The iambic pentameter line with its normal pattern of five stressed sylla- bles allows the poet to develop his thought more fully . This is the line com- monly used in more serious verse , at least in the two ...
... passage : A needless Alexandrine ends the song That , like a wounded snake , drags its slow length along . ( 2 : 356-357 ) His simile of the snake perfectly captures his sense of this kind of line , slowing down the thought so that it ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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